Crunching the Numbers for Your Healthiest 2016

We’re 3 weeks into the New Year, people. How are those resolutions going?

Is your will-power a force to be reckoned with, or does¬†your lack of motivation beg the question, “why even keep up this charade?”

Or, maybe you’re like me and would rather¬†take a neutral stance on this whole “resolution” business. I believe in setting (and achieving!) positive intentions for self-improvement…but those stereotypical “must-fit-into-skinny-jeans-by-such-and-such-arbitrary-date” goals?¬†Hard pass.

In order for any lifestyle change to have staying power, it’s gotta be 3 things‚ÄĒrealistic,¬†¬†fulfilling and¬†sustainable.¬†

Exhibit A: “I will lose 15 pounds before bikini season.” Slim¬†chance for long-term success. No action plan whatsoever…just wishful thinking,¬†fueled by¬†body shame. And, ultimately¬†doomed to fail.

Exhibit B:¬†“I will engage in regular physical exertion¬†and choose¬†whole foods over processed ingredients because my health takes priority.” Now, this meets all the¬†requirements for success. A clearly stated initiative with tangible benefits and definitive follow-through potential. Ding…ding…ding. We have a winner!

So, in the interest of tackling¬†realistic, fulfilling and sustainable¬†(yep, those magic words are back!) wellness goals throughout 2016, I’ve teamed up with Chobani Simply 100¬ģ Crunch¬†and their “crunch the numbers” fitness campaign.

You don’t need an expensive gym membership or unlimited free time to add more movement into your daily grind. If you’ve got a body and about 30 spare minutes, these 100 calorie-burning activities will be right up your alley. Take that, New Year’s¬†resolutions! (mic drop‚ÄĒoptional.)

12 fun ways to burn 100 calories

Special thanks to¬†Chobani for providing the infographic¬†featured in this post. I’m proud to support their Crunch the Numbers campaign to “live life lighter” throughout¬†2016.

Gameday Ready Grub…Oh, and with a Side of Guilt-Free!

Football season is underway, so when your team takes the field, you’ll need¬†a spread of crave-able munchies for all those hungry fans shouting¬†at your TV screen.

But don’t just settle for store-bought potato chips or delivery pizza. Score a touchdown in the “yum” department with scratch-made inspiration, courtesy of¬†Chobani Greek Yogurt.

Your next weekend tailgate will be the envy of your block, thanks to these bite-size pretzels and tart,¬†creamy dip. The recipe packs a crowd pleasing flavor punch from its secret ingredient — Greek yogurt.

With naturally crafted smoothness, wholesome protein benefits and full-bodied taste, Chobani clinches the win for this irresistible game changer. And did I mention it’s healthy?¬†Yup…so, you won’t even need to resist!

Snack away, football fanatics. Snack away.
Mini Pretzel Twists with Tangy Greek Yogurt Dip

Ingredients (for the pretzels):

2 cups Whole Wheat Flour*

3/4 cup Water (filtered, if possible)

2 tbsp. Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt

1 1/4 tsp. Active Dry Yeast

1 tsp. Liquid Stevia

1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

*Make this recipe gluten-free by substituting any of these alternatives.

Greek yogurt pretzel ingredients

Ingredients (for the dip):

1 cup Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt

3 tbsp. Avocado (mashed)

1/2 tsp. Smoked Paprika

1/4 tsp. RawSpiceBar Kaffir Lime Blend

1/4 tsp. Chipotle Paste (or, to taste)

1/4 tsp. Sea Salt

Greek yogurt dip ingredients

Preparation:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and coat a baking sheet with non-stick Cooking Spray.
  2. Pour the Water and Yeast into a mixing bowl, then allow the yeast to soak for approximately 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the Greek Yogurt, Salt and Stevia to the water mixture, then stir to combine.
  4. Stir in the Flour (or gluten-free substitute) until the ingredients form a Dough consistency.
  5. Turn the dough onto a floured surface to prevent sticking and knead it into a ball.Greek yogurt pretzel dough
  6. Cut the dough into 4 equal sections and roll each section into a long, skinny rope.
  7. Form the ropes into a Pretzel shape, then transfer them onto the baking sheet — 1/2″ apart from each other.
  8. Cook the pretzels for 10 minutes, then place them under the broiler for 1 minute, or until golden-brown.
  9. Remove the pretzels from the oven and brush a thin layer of Olive Oil over them, if desired.
  10. Greek yogurt pretzelCombine all the Dip ingredients in a blender or food processor, then puree until smooth.
  11. Transfer the dip into a serving bowl — and commence dunking those pretzels to your heart’s content!

Note: This recipe yields 4 pretzels, so for large gatherings, adjust the ingredient amounts accordingly.

Greek yogurt pretzel and dip

Greek yogurt pretzel taste test

Alcohol not included. Sorry, guys!

Enjoyed these tasty¬†twisties¬†as much as I did? Share ’em on social media, using the hashtag #MadeWithChobani, or check out their recipe page for more must-try ideas!